Byron York

"Last year, Congress failed to pass a budget, failed to pass any of the twelve annual appropriations bills, and failed the nation by recklessly funding the government on a series of short-term spending bills," the letter said. "The Senate cannot make the same mistake again."

Oh, yes it can. At Reid's instigation, the Senate spent its last week before the Memorial Day recess in a meaningless faux debate over the budget. Reid forced a vote on the House-passed GOP/Ryan budget -- it was defeated 57 to 40 -- so that Reid and fellow Democrats can accuse Republicans of voting to kill Medicare. In return, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell forced a vote on President Obama's proposed budget from a few months ago that did virtually nothing to reduce the deficit. It went down 97 to 0, so Republicans can say that Obama's plan is so terrible that Democrats ran away from it in droves.

All that happened instead of the Senate having a substantive debate and coming up with a compromise budget that can actually pass.

At some point, one gang or another, or perhaps the Biden group, will likely produce a deal that will be presented to the public as a fait accompli. "I think that's what Sen. Reid has in mind," said Sessions. "I don't believe the American people appreciated the secret negotiations that went on with regard to the healthcare bill or the immigration bill, and I don't think they're going to be very pleased to have some sort of a budget plopped down on them, with the Senate expected to vote up or down without any real debate or opportunity to make a difference."

The most amazing thing about all this, to Republicans, is that Reid's abdication of responsibility has attracted so little attention. In a country drowning in debt, where's the outrage? Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner.


Byron York

Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner